Alovera

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Alovera
Official seal of Alovera
Seal
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile-La Mancha
Province Guadalajara
Municipality Alovera
Area
 • Total 13,65 km2 (527 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 12,196
 • Density 893.48/km2 (2,314.1/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Alovera is a municipality located in the province of Guadalajara, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. According to the 2015 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 12,247 inhabitants.

History[edit]

Since the discovery of a roman cupae (a tomb) in 1999 in the restoration of the St. Michael´s Church, we know there was a roman settlement in Alovera. This cupae was dated in the I or II century. Juan Manuel Abascal and Armin Stylow, from Universidad de Alcalá, concluded that the text written on the cupae was "(monument to) Pompeyo Fusco, 60 years old. It was commissioned by his wife Antonia Melusa". Apart from the cupae, it is thought that one of the column bases of the St. Michael´s Church belonged to the peristyle of a roman villa.

Also we know there was a visogothic settlement in Alovera thanks to a couple of brooches which are on display at Museo Arquelógico Nacional, in Madrid. This brooches known as fibulas were made in the VI century by the cloisonné technique.

The first documents which mentions Alovera were written in the XVI century. By then, Alovera was a farmer settlement which lands belonged to the monasteries of St. Bartholomew of Lupiana, St. Clair and St. Bernard.

In the XVI century, St. Michael´s Church was built by master Nicolás de Ribero helped bay Juan de Buerga and Juan Ballesteros. In 1690 finished the construction. The church is composed of three naves, a bell tower and an atrium. The main altarpiece was built in the XVII century by Juan, Pedro and Francisco González, followers of classical manichaeism. Also, there are a St. Gregory altarpiece made by the disciples of Juan de Borgoña and Juan Correa de Vivar and, in the sacristy, a Pieta painting by Willem Key.

In 1626, Felipe II gives to Alovera the title of villa. Then, the Villahermosa de Alovera was sold to Lorenza de Sotomayor, marquess of Alovera. Nowadays, there is still a marquess of Alovera.

Government[edit]

Municipal elections (2015)[edit]

  • Alternativa Alovera, 5 councillors (+2)
    • Maria Purificación Tortuero Pliego, mayor and councillor of human resources and intern regime, civic protection, education and culture and internal revenue.
    • Juan Antonio Ruiz Moratilla, first mayor deputy and councillor of management of urban developments, infrastructure and environment and mobility.
    • María Jesús Payo Cabas, second mayor deputy and councillor of neighbours and participation, communications and new technologies and economic promotion and business.
    • Juan Ramón Arenal Enríquez, councillor of sports and festivities.
    • María Dolores Trigo Campos, councillor of social welfare and equality and family and youth.
  • PP (People´s Party), 5 councillors (-2)
    • Juan Carlos Martín Martínez
    • José Luis Peña Velasco
    • José Luis Torres Jiménez
    • María Dolores Llorca Pereira
    • Gema Taravillo Barrero
  • Ganemos Alovera (Unidos Podemos), 3 councillors (+3)
    • Celia Rollón Blanco
    • Ilda Natalia Motos Martínez
    • Ana Isabel del Val Rodríguez
  • PSOE (Socialist Party), 2 councillors (-3)
    • Ángel Mora Blanco
    • Antonia Recuero Navarro
  • Cs (Ciudadanos), 2 councillors (+2)
    • Marta Usano Pradillo
    • José María González Martínez

Coordinates: 40°35′48″N 3°14′53″W / 40.59667°N 3.24806°W / 40.59667; -3.24806